A public-private advisory group created by federal law urged the creation of uniform healthcare safety measures applicable to both publicly and privately insured patients in its draft recommendations.
Group calls for uniform patient safety measures
The Measures Application Partnership is an advisory group created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to advise HHS on the best approaches to measure and publicly report on performance-based programs. In its recently released draft recommendations, the group suggests creating a national set of safety measures for all types of patients and for the collection of the relevant data for all patients.
The group also proposed the critical characteristics of such universal measures. For example, they would serve to ensure that the collected data is useful to patients, clinicians, payers and policymakers.
The data-coordination effort aims to correct and avoid repetition of instances in which federal quality-reporting requirements have run at cross-purposes, such as the requirements of the Physician Quality Reporting System and those of the electronic health-record incentive programs. Differing reporting requirements in those two programs required physicians to follow two separate reporting processes to report the same quality measures.
The result is a quality-data reporting process that is "unnecessarily burdensome and duplicative," according to comments submitted to the Measures Application Partnership in May by the American Medical Association.
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